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Narodna skupština - deformacije teritorijalnog predstavljanja
The National Assembly - Deformations of the Territorial Representation

Author(s): Milan Jovanović
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: territorial representation; electoral system; constituency; mandate

Summary/Abstract: The tendency of increasing number of municipalities from which there are no deputies in the legislative body and specific metropolization of the politi­cal representation reflected in overrepresentation of large cities, especially Belgrade and Novi Sad, is present in all legislative periods from 1990 to 2008. That tendency was less develloped by applying the majoritarian electoral model but it was hardened and strenghtened by applying of the proportional electoral system, especially in the variant of one constituency. The implication is non-representation, averagely of a quarter of the electoral body and the same number of the local self-government units that have not a direct repre­sentative in the national legislative body. It is mostly about the municipalities, which are emphaticaly undeveloped according to various criterias. The pro­portional electoral system, one constituency, a closed list, are not the unique inducements of the described phenomenon. Migrations, depopulation, population growth rate, structural changes in a community and in economy, etc. Political elites remained indifferent towards the necessary reforms of the electoral system that could lessen the repercussions which derogate legiti­macy of the representation. That is why the reform of the electoral system that would preserve proportionality and also induct the vote for the candidates who would be tied to narrower constituencies is proposed.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 117-132
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Serbian